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A search for those honoring the #DayOfSilence on Twitter today drew plenty of reasons to feel good about the current state of schools support for the LGBT students inside them.
Founded in 1996, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's Day of Silence is designed to draw attention to the chilling effect anti-LGBT bullying has on campuses nationwide. Thanks to social media, advocates young and old keeping silent today can find thousands of others doing the same at the click of a mouse.
We've collected a sampling of supportive selfies and messages from Twitter below -- share yours with the hashtag #DayOfSilence.
\u201cChanging the world one open mind and signature at a time #speakup #DayofSilence #loveislouder @GLSEN @NOH8Campaign\u201d— Alegria (@Alegria) 1397237803
\u201cThis is the by-product of a society that legislates sexuality. #DayofSilence:\u201d— Hudson Taylor (@Hudson Taylor) 1397234897
\u201c#DayofSilence is happening today! Thinking about the voices you aren't hearing? #bullying #lgbt #safeschools\u201d— kaney waney (@kaney waney) 1397235151
\u201cThe end of an amazing, exhilarating first @DayofSilence @GLSEN #DayofSilenceStreetTeam\u201d— Gabby Hubert (@Gabby Hubert) 1397244865
\u201c#DayofSilence Although I couldn't keep silent all day, I'm with those who are hurting. #SilenceSpeaksVolumes\u201d— Jack Wagon \u2764 (@Jack Wagon \u2764) 1397246998
\u201cI'm ending the silence by supporting safe schools for ALL students. @GLSEN #DayofSilence\u201d— Rep. Mark Pocan (@Rep. Mark Pocan) 1397251210